I am a young at heart, 72 year old male retired teacher. I live in a large house on the edge of a small French town in the Dordogne. There are daily buses to the well know cities of Perigueux and Angouleme . There is a main TGV station at Angouleme, with direct fast trains to Paris. I live alone, but am joined often by my "girlfriend" who is still working and living in London, I have a good circle of friends, English, French and Dutch. Despite my French being not as good as it should be (! ), I have been invited to join a French Committee who look after a 12th century church and some troglodyte caves.
Although I am retired, I am very active and sociable. I help a number of my friends to maintain their gardens, and as a result of this, I never get around to finishing and maintaining my own house and garden, hence the idea of inviting two work aways to inspire me onwards.
The top floor of the house, where you would stay, has three bedrooms and a private bathroom.
I am afraid I not much of a cook. I have several friends who make sure that my diet Is balanced. I do things like cut people's grass in exchange for fish and chips !
I enjoy beer and wine, and love to be cooked for. Happy to do the washing up afterwards ....
Mareuil is about 2 hours north of Bordeaux and 1hour 15 minutes from Bergerac Airport. Despite being a quiet rural French town, it has all the amenities and quite a lot of social life, especially amongst the English.
I do not smoke and do not wish for smokers to accept this invitation.
I have two cats to keep me company. Cat lovers appreciated.
The garden is fairly large and well laid out but is neglected, especially the vegetable patch, which would be great to develop. The soil is fantastic.
The house maintenance would be mostly painting.
I would hope that most of the time we would work as a team
I think that an interest in cooking would help us all survive
I have never embarked on this project before so I am not sure at this stage how much information is required, but I would be happy to send pictures etc to anyone who is interested.
The house is on three storeys .My bedroom and bathroom are on the ground floor. The volunteers bedrooms are on the top floor. There is a private bathroom, and use of a living room with French and English TV.
The bus goes from the Chateau to Angouleme and Perigueux daily.
There are many picturesque villages but no transport to them. I would be happy to private transport where necessary. The same would apply to getting to and from music events.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week